Top 10 Best SpongeBob SquarePants Seasons

The Top Ten
1 Season 2

This is by far my FAVORITE season! All of the episodes are well written and hilarious. Highlights include Dying for Pie, Gary Takes a Bath, Bubble Buddy, Survival of the Idiots, Grandma's Kisses, Band Geeks, and just about every episode aired. The only seasons I feel that comes very close to comparing to this are Seasons 3 and 1. If you haven't watched a single episode, then you must be crazy, cause this is Nickelodeon at the height of their "golden age," along with one of the closing chapters of the cartoon renaissance of the 90's and early 00's.

My favorite season by far; the only episodes here I don't like much are Survival of the Idiots, Bubble Buddy, and The Fry Cook Games, which I just find a bit meh. Every other episode is amazing here, and the humor is at its best. My second and third favorites are seasons 3 and 1, respectively. Nowadays SpongeBob isn't near its original heights.

I have watched the whole series of SpongeBob and many have said that season 3 is the best, but I have to say the season I enjoyed the most was season 2. It had all my favorites like Dying For Pie, Band Geeks, Welcome to the Chum Bucket, Something Smells, The Graveyard Shift and many more!

I hate to say it, but this is my least favorite pre-movie season. It's still really awesome and has some of my favorite episodes like Wormy, Squidville, Life of Crime, and Pressure. But Season 1 just has a better charm and season 3 is funnier. This is still an amazing 10/10 season though.

2 Season 3

Season 3 was PHENOMINAL. I mean that literally. Everyone says they prefer season 2 over season 3. I can understand why people think that. But, Season 3 had more creative episodes. It had funnier and better episodes. This is just my opinion. I mean yes, In the second season we got. Band Geeks, Sailor Mouth, Frankendoodle, Graveyard Shift, Shanghaied and Christmas Who?. I feel like those episodes I just listed were the best of the best of the second season. Think about Season 3. It had fantastic episodes. The Camping Episode, Chocolate With Nuts, Just One Bite, Club Spongebob, Nasty Patty, Idiot Box, Snowball Effect, No Weenies Allowed, Wet Painters and the Krusty Krab Training Video. And so much more. Season 3 was definitely the most nostalgic for me. It was so good, For me, It was the best pre-movie season. But, If you look at the criteria and creative, laughable, entertaining episodes. Season 3 would be all that. I love all seasons except Season 5-7. It's hard to pick between season ...more

Season 1 was pretty funny and unique for its time, but some episodes were bland and unfunny. I used to record and watch those episodes again and again as a kid, but as an adult, it doesn't hold up well. When a series starts, you notice that characters develop as the series goes along (most series start off with very stereotypical, broad characters. ) Season 2 was drastically better with better writing and jokes. At this point, every character has evolved from season 1. But, season 3 was the epitome of SpongeBob: great writing, great humor, well-established characters, NO BLAND EPISODES. This season has the most memorable moments in it, and it spanned 3 years during my childhood. 4 was very hit or miss, not even as good as season 1. Everything else pretty much sucks.

This had my favorite episodes, season 1 and 2 were also great, also season 4 and 5 were good. Season 6 and 7 were pretty bad. Season 8 was a pretty good come back on the old jokes and season 9 so far is going pretty good and I hope that the future season 10 is going to be exactly like the first 3.

Seasons 1-4 were excellent, then in seasons 5-7 were terrible episodes, but after that in seasons 8-9 were getting much better but not good as season 1 2 and 3, my personal favourite season is season 2 and season 9 and 3.

3 Season 1

This season was my favorite. Back when Stephen Hillenburg was still on the show and back when the comedy was hilarious. I'm still laughing at some of the jokes many years later. Plus, the episodes were more creative and well thought out. I also like the old school animation and voice acting feel of season 1. Season 2 is practically the same and season 3 is when they started improving the animation more. But this season will always remain in my heart as my favorite season from any cartoon. I miss my childhood. Half of it was watching this show lmao.

This one is kind of odd due to how early it was written, it really felt like more of a normal children's show, with stuff like an episode about blowing bubbles and another one about opposite day.

This season had some of my favorite episodes of the entire show. Also, there wasn't a single episode I disliked from this season. Season two had I'm with Stupid, the episode that ruined the character of Patrick and season three had Party Pooper Pants, an episode in which I was on nobody's side. Perfect season with hilarious episodes.

This has always been my favorite season. Season 2 and 3 have better animation and some better jokes, but this season just has charm to me, and it has some of my favorite episodes of the series, which are Hall Monitor, Pizza Delivery, Sleepy Time, and Jellyfishing. I like all the episodes. I like all the episodes in 2 and 3 too but this one is just the best.

4 Season 4

I think Season 4 is good overall. It kind of went downhill after Dunces and Dragons. That's where the episodes became less of a priority to watch. This season had good episodes. We got ones like: Fear of a Krabby Patty,The Lost Mattress, Dunces and Dragons, Wishing You Well! And who could forget the most sad episode of the show. Have You Seen This Snail?

Season 4 is great. It contains both good and bad episode. But there are mostly good episodes, including Have you seen this snail? Krusty Towers, Best Day Ever, Fear of a Krabby Patty, and lots more. The bad episodes are All That Glitters, and Squidwood. SpongeBob is really funny in this season but I keep hearing he is the most funny in the third season. But SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Sandy are the four best characters including Plankton. The reason I like Best Day Ever is because of the song and transcript, it's awesome. Krusty Towers is better because of both SpongeBob and Squidward, they were both so darn funny. I recommend this episode to everyone who like SpongeBob. Season 1 was not good at all, and that's because of the graphics. In Season 2, the graphics kicked up a bit, and in the third season, it showed SpongeBob in his best quality. Season 4 is a mix between late second season and late third season which has good graphics. Seasons 5 and 9 are both great seasons too. ...more

One thing I don't understand is how people like Best Day Ever. All it was was SpongeBob running around singing a stupid song...anyhow, this season was sort of a "grab bag" season...most episodes were mixed, and quite a few of the good ones weren't that good, with a couple exceptions like Fear of a Krabby Patty, Krusty Towers and Dunces and Dragons. The bad episodes weren't that bad either, to be honest. Definitely the most mixed season in the show.

This has got to be the last Good season of Spongebob. While there were some bad episodes, except for Squid Wood and All That Glitters, they weren't that bad. Spongebob's voice got high pitched in this season, and his appearance more resembled a yellow box.
I wouldn't totally call this "Classic" Spongebob, but it's close.
My favourite episodes were The Lost Mattress, Best Frenemies, Shell of a Man, Krusty Towers, Patrick Smartpants, Dunces and Dragons Wishing you Well, Skill Crane, and pretty much the rest.

5 Season 9

I can't believe the high rate of people who truly hate this season. When I binge watch Spongebob this is the season I usually get most excited about. I can't believe how much people hate modern spongebob. Yeah, It wasn't as good as seasons 1-3. But modern spongebob was so much better than Seasons 5-7. Only 2 or 3 episodes in this season are bad. But, You can not love the effort and creative this animation is. And the season as a whole. Season 9 was definitely a season you could go back to and see how it truly shines. I love this season :D

I would vote Seasons 1-3 and early Season 4 any day over this, but I think Nickelodeon has taken the right steps to bringing SpongeBob back. The first episodes were horrible like Squid Baby and Little Yellow Book, but the newer ones from 2015 and 2016 were better with the addition of more Plankton themed episodes and more minor character importance (like the episodes Mall Girl Pearl and Larry's Gym). The new episodes have some originality and are starting to appeal to kids and teens/adult fans again. It's not making suicide jokes (like Are You Happy Now? ) or filling episodes with crap to take up time like episodes in Seasons 6-7. The episodes have plots again, and the quality animation has even increased. So now my favorite Seasons are 1,2,3,part of 4, 9, and 10, since the two episodes that Season 10 had so far (Whirly Brains, MermaidPants) were also pretty good. If Nick keeps these types of episodes coming, it will please everyone.

I will try to vote this season above season 4 because I don't like season 4. Season 4 is meh at best, and even if it is meh, it is VERY close to Scumbob. There are not a lot of good episodes in season 4 and the good episodes mostly aren't that good. Krusty Towers, Dunces and Dragons, MM & BB 6, Skill Crane, The Pink Purloiner and maybe a few more are only REALLY good episodes of the season. However, the bad episodes of that season (Squidbob Tentaclepants, All That Glitters, The Thing, Karate Island and a lot more) are REALLY bad and some of the worst episodes of not just Spongebob, but all cartoons. Seasons 5, 8 and maybe even 10 should also be above season 4 (I can't decide is season 10 or 4 better). The only seasons that are worse than 4 are 6, 7 and 11, but they are REALLY bad seasons and I'm pretty sure nothing Spongebob makes in the future will be worse than those three seasons. by the way, Season 12 is a HUGE improvement and Spongebob may become almost as good as in the pre - ...more

I actually REALLY like this season, it had so many underrated episodes such as, patrick man, Patrick! the game, bulletin board, Sold!( my favorite from this season), plankton's pet, two thumbs down, food con castaways and many more. While it did have it's weak spots like spongebob you're fired and the fishbowl and married to money, I still thought it had a lot of good charm, creativity and humor to it that I think was definitely the best season since season 4 and is defnetley when the show started to pick up again, because Stephen hillenburg came back after the second movie which was made in the middle of the making of this seasons.

6 Season 5

This season was okay, removed the high pitch in his voice, and retained his original "square" appearance from Seasons 1-3, introduced some family members, but overall, there was a mix of good and bad episodes. Episodes like New Digs, Krabs a la mode, 20,000 Patties under the sea, the Battle for Bikini Bottom, Friend or Foe, Mermaidman vs Spongebob, Roller Cowards, Spy Buddies, The Inmates of Summer, The Krusty Plate, and several others were pretty good.
However, there were many bad ones like Spongehenge, Waiting, Atlantis Squarepantis, Night Light (for the last 2, there already was an episode with Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy, and Patchy in them, which were much better), Fungus Among us, To Love a Patty, What Ever Happened to Spongebob.

Everything after this Season went straight downhill, came back up a little at Season 8, but didn't really come back until Season 9B.

A lot of the episodes on my top 20 are from this season (like Spy Buddies and Sing a Song of Patrick). Heck, I only find there to be just 5 truly terrible episodes from this season (Whatever happened to SpongeBob, Night Light, A Flea in her Dome, Atlantis SquarePantis, and To Love a Patty). I actually like a few of the episodes generally considered to be bad.

Very underrated season for me.

While Season 4 is what I'd consider the last good season before Season 9, Season 5 wasn't exactly a bad season either. In fact, I'd give Season 5 a ranking between ok and decent. Season 5 is more of a hit or miss season. It's either, the writers come up with something really good(like Roller Cowards) or sometimes, it can end up being atrocious (like To Love A Patty). Season 6 is really the moment when Spongebob became bad and Season 7 is the moment when Spongebob was at it's worst. Thankfully, Season 8 was a slight improvement from those atrocities and Season 9 is the moment when the show was saved, with the exception of 3 atrocious episodes ("Squid Baby", "Little Yellow Book", and "Spongebob You're Fired").

This is actually my second or third favorite season. This season is so underrated, and I don't think the quality declined until Season 6 in my opinion. It had many great episodes such as Spy Buddies, Roller Cowards, New Digs, Krabs a la Mode, Goo Goo Gas, and Sing a Song of Patrick! It also had good shorts such as Pat No Pay, Boat Smarts, and SpongeBob Vs. The Patty Gadget.

7 Season 8

This is definitely an improvement from the 6-7 slump. There were only two episodes that end up on my worst list for the show, Demolition Doofus (my least favorite episode) and Face Freeze! Everything else here was either mediocre or great.

This is in my opinion the best spongebob season especially because when I first saw face freeze! I was laughing so hard and I enjoyed hello bikini bottom and many other episodes

Season 8 would be like between season 5 and 6. It was bad, but also some good.

I really like this season here are them from worst to best season 12. okay Season 1 decent. Season 9 decent. Season 10 decent. Season 4 good
Season 3 good
Season 7 good
Season 6 good
Season 11 very good
Season 2 very good
Season 5 very good
Season 8 amazing

8 Season 6

Mostly a boring season...every now and then we got some shining gems, however, like Sandcastles in the Sand or Single Cell Anniversary.

I know that Plankton is the worst villains ever. His themed episodes are just average in this season.

The only good episodes of Season 6 are the Plankton themed episodes.

It's my second favorite season of all time. The best is season 7.

9 Season 10

So far, this season is actually not half bad! It's only had one episode I didn't like: Snooze You Lose due to just how weird and freaky it is, but even then I'd still just consider it a "meh" episode. We've already gotten REALLY good episodes compared to other modern SpongeBob seasons like Plankton Retires, Burst Your Bubble, Life Insurance, and Mermaid Pants. These four episodes are all VERY good, especially compared to other modern seasons. Many of the infamously bad writers are gone (Zeus Cervas, Casey Alexander), while Stephen Hillenburg is back as the supervising producer. They did also hire some writers from Ren & Stimpy, and you can definitely tell from episodes like Whirly Brains and Snooze You Lose. Another thing that probably came with Stephen coming back, is that it seems to kind of have a feel of season 3, and many old recognizable characters (Bubblebass, the fish who scammed SpongeBob & Patrick in the chocolate episode, etc) can be seen as background fish in almost every ...more

It just recently begun, but already I can see that this season is jumping the show back to how awesome it was in seasons 1-4. Whirlybrains and Mermaid Pants are some of my favorite episodes of the entire series.

Only two episodes are bad in this season. Those are:
Patrick's Coupon (Sorry, it's a weak episode)
Out of the Picture (Total fan favorite episode Rock Bottom ripoff
But the rest of the season is amazing.

I've only seen 6 episodes of this season but I think it's better than Season 11 and 9, and definitely 6-8. However I still find the first 5 seasons to be better than this.

10 Season 7

Everyone's saying Why is it here? But it kinda has to be. Don't get me wrong, this season sucks but it is in last place. It's here because it is a season of SpongeBob!

Like season 7, mostly awful, with a couple shining gems, unfortunately though this season probably has the least amount of really good episodes...

What is up with everybody saying why is it here. SpongeBob has 10 seasons, so it's kinda like a best to worst.

If you watched the episode "I Dancing", you know what I'm talking about.

The Contenders
11 Season 11

I really like how they're bringing back older characters like Bubble Bass and Doodlebob and Long, Tan, and Handsome (Pearl's ex boyfriend). I also like the vibe of this season, the animation isn't nearly as stiff as in seasons before the second movie, and the plots of the episodes are very creative. Plus, Spongebob doesn't have that annoying high pitched voice anymore, it's gradually reverting to the way it was in Season 2. This should be at number 4 at least, behind season 1, 3, and 2.

I enjoyed Spot Returns! It's basically Pet or Pests done right! The Check Up was a meh episode for me though. Spin the Bottle was good and at least something unique to the Plankton's steals the Krabby Patty formula episodes. I also can't wait for The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom stop motion episode and Man Ray Returns (the sequel to Mermaid Pants). I think Season 11 will be as good as Seasons 9B-10. If not better.

I personally thought that seasons 9 and 10 were steps in the right direction but this season is just downright terrible. Spongebob is meant to be a show that appeals to all ages, not just 9 year olds.The art style is overly vibrant, and I all of the characters are so unbelievably stupid. Its almost like they've all been possessed by post-movie patrick. For season 12, they need to go back to a little bit more tame art style and FIX THE CHARACTERS.

I personally think this should be at least number 4, it had some amazing creativity to the episodes and great jokes, but I'll admit, when it failed, it REALLY failed, like ink lemonade and Cuddle E. Hugs were both really bad, but episodes like squid noir, scavenger pants, mustard o mine, no pictures please, My Leg! and the string were all so good and makes me confortably say that this is the best season since season 3

12 Season 12

Up until now, season 12 is a HUGE improvement over season 11, that sucked. It only has a few bad episodes, while season 11 only had a few GOOD episodes. However, season 6 is way too high on this list, it should be lower. Spongebob seasons ranked from best to worst in my opinion:
Season 3
Season 1
Season 2
Season 9
Season 5
Season 8
Season 4
Season 10
Season 7
Season 11
Season 6
I'm not ranking season 12 because it's still ongoing.

This season can be ranked among the best spongebob seasons ever! I also heard they got the original writer back.

This season really plays a part in the improvement of SpongeBob. Why isn't it above Season 7, that monstrosity?

I have EXTREMELY mixed feelings about this season so far. I only actually like one episode and the rest so far are meh at best.

13 Season 13

This season just started not long ago, and I just gotta say it's gotten off on a really great start.

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